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Take up the offer of a free audit

Published 17th June, 2013 by Neil Nixon

Take up the offer of a free audit

Distributors, cleaning contractors, facilities managers and other buyers of soft tissue products or plastic refuse sacks concerned about the quality of their purchase should call the Cleaning & Hygiene Suppliers Association (CHSA) for a free audit.

Gordon Butt, a former trading standards officer and the CHSA's auditor of the Manufacturing Standard Accreditation Schemes, will provide the service.

Andrew Large, secretary of the CHSA, said: “If you can't see the relevant Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Scheme logo on the pack, or are not buying tissue or plastic refuse sacks from a registered member, there is a greater chance you may be getting less than you bargained for. If you suspect any of your products are short-measure, contact us and we can arrange for free product testing. It costs you nothing and it's easy to do - just send an email to With the results, buyers and distributors have the information they need to make sure they are not ripped off by the unscrupulous manufacturers who have chosen to remain outside the schemes.”

The Manufacturing Standards Accreditation Schemes cover soft tissue products, plastic refuse sacks and industrial cotton mops. It is supported by all the major manufacturers in the industry, each of which has passed the CHSA's stringent auditing process. The schemes set out labelling and dimensional requirements and a system of production control and inspection that ensures accurate product description.